AIBA removes judges from Rio following criticism

AIBA removes judges from Rio

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics after determining they had not met the organization’s standards of competence.

AIBA announced the decision Wednesday, declining to disclose the judges’ names or the bouts in which they failed.

The results of all bouts will stand, however.

The AIBA said in a statement that “less than a handful” of the first 239 bouts had been deemed incompetently judged or refereed.

Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko’s victory over Kazakh Vassiliy Levit sparked a wide public outcry over the decision, which rewarded Tishchenko’s retreat over Levit’s power and excitement.

AIBA executive board member Tom Virgets told The Associated Press that the result is likely to be a catalyst for changes in the organization’s judging criteria.

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